Oh, how I love summer. Well, I used to love summer. I enjoy(ed) coasting through the days without a schedule, sleeping in(lol-well, at least sleeping past 6:30), and going where-ever the day takes me. Unfortunately for a person with anxiety, the lack of a schedule and an irregular plan is far from enjoyable.
Every summer, I remember the importance of rhythm. My children thrive on a rhythm. They need it. Without a rhythm, they are lost. I, on the other hand, like to live life without a plan and as the day takes me. Do you see the problem here? The two ways do not mesh AT ALL and the result is stress, frustration, melt downs and all over unhappiness. You would think that by now, I would have figured this out. However, I haven’t. Every summer we experience the above-stress, frustration, melt downs and overall unhappiness-mainly with only one child but the frustration takes over the entire family.
So we head back to the schedule and the rhythm. I am still trying to figure out how to set a schedule and a rhythm for the summer but I will figure one out soon. You would think that since we are together all the time during the school year that the summer would go smoothly. Unfortunately, everyone’s schedule changes. There are no classes in the summer-only camps. Horseback riding is sporadic due to camps and vacations. The gym schedule changes. And there are kids to play with who are not around during the school year to play with. Sounds like fun to me, but the changes bring increased anxiety and stress to my youngest. He tries so hard to take control of his day but he needs a plan and a back up plan. Until he can do this for himself, I must help with the plan by providing a rhythm.
Are you able to relax during the summer or are do you need to keep a rhythm?